DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has denied allegations made against it in a lawsuit filed by the Detroit Free Press newspaper, which argues that the city effectively declined access to public...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by state environmental regulators to dodge subpoenas in a lawsuit involving wastewater violations by a southern Delaware poultry...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has accepted a case involving the University of Michigan and the papers of a man considered to be an influential voice in anti-immigration...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The appointment of an Iowa Human Services Department spokesman to the state public records board will make it easier for the department to deny access to information, a...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — John Kuglin, a former Associated Press bureau chief for Montana and Wyoming who was a champion for open government and the public's right to know, has died, his son said...
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — A judge in a Freedom of Information Act case has ruled a two-thirds vote isn't enough for city and county councils to change an agenda during a meeting.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and two of her Democratic Senate colleagues are trying to force the Trump administration to release documents related to Ukraine and...
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A $50 million gift made earlier this year to Virginia's largest public university was given specifically to "promote the conservative principles of governance," newly released...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Documents held by elected officials related to a new education-related nonprofit are not exempt from Connecticut's open records laws, the state attorney general ruled...
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal agencies must produce thousands of pages monthly of records pertaining to the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi because learning about his disappearance as quickly...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A court decision could force the University of Michigan to open the records of a doctor who is considered by critics to be an influential voice in anti-immigration...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — So excited about a pledge of $100 million for public education from Barbara and Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Connecticut state officials agreed to...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new contract for Connecticut State Police includes new restrictions on the public release of information in troopers' personnel files, drawing concerns from government...
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that some internal court records are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A Cornell University student is suing a South Carolina county, saying officials are violating the state's Freedom of Information Act by charging excessive fees.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Newspaper and public-information advocacy groups are objecting to what they see as the Montana Legislature failing to give the public proper notice of meetings.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police records related to investigations can be withheld from the public under Iowa's freedom of information law even after the cases have been closed, a unanimous Iowa...
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The school board of Norfolk, Virginia, has once again held a meeting in violation of the state's Freedom of Information Act.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders said Tuesday that the Interior Department's plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and...
BOSTON (AP) — The New England First Amendment Coalition is honoring the Hartford Courant for fighting to get records about the Sandy Hook school shooter unsealed.
NEFAC's Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award is presented annually to New England journalists who protect or advance the public's right to know under federal or state law.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Friday aimed at making it easier to obtain public documents from state departments but stopped short of taking the same action for the governor's office, one of just two nationwide wholly exempt from open-records laws.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for a free press are challenging an Interior Department proposal to limit requests for access to public records under the federal Freedom of Information Act, saying Thursday the moves would "clamp down on transparency."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's corrections agency has refused to release public records about a prison altercation that led to the homicide of a 65-year-old inmate and forced the paid suspension of at least four correctional officers.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Candidates for Illinois attorney general in the Nov. 6 election pledge to tackle a backlog of appeals on denied public-records requests.
The attorney general's public access counselor was created in 2010 to referee bureaucrats' rejections under the Freedom of Information Act .
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two news organizations have been honored for outstanding open government reporting in Texas.
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on Friday recognized the Austin American-Statesman and KBTX-TV of Bryan-College Station with Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Awards. The awards were presented during the FOIFT state conference in Austin.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Saturday released a set of documents once deemed top secret relating to the wiretapping of a onetime adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The New York Times reported that the documents involving former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were released to the Times and several other media organizations that had filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain them. The FBI later posted the documents to its FOIA website online.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida online publication asked a federal appeals court to order a trial be held on its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking FBI documents that may reveal a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida online publication asked a federal appeals court Thursday to order a trial be held on its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking FBI documents that may reveal a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of public records requests (all times local):
Environmental Protection Agency Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson is defending his agency's handling of records requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four free training sessions will be offered to help citizens, media representatives and public employees learn more about gaining access to public records under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council will host the sessions, beginning later this month.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration has announced the launching of a new website that provides access to the public records of dozens of New York state agencies and public authorities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information Act, according to EPA emails disclosed Monday by a senior House Democrat.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman wants city agencies to give journalists priority to receive responses on Freedom of Information Law requests.
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Virginia police department is not required to publicly release body camera footage from a controversial traffic stop.
The judge said the footage is considered part of a criminal investigation and falls under an exemption in Virginian's Freedom of Information law.
The ruling came after Chesterfield police denied Reason magazine's request for a copy of the footage. Police also denied a request from The Associated Press.
CENTRAL CITY, Ark. (AP) — A councilwoman in northwestern Arkansas says she was harassed after filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the city's Water Department.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Open-records disclosures can no longer include information on cybersecurity plans and vulnerabilities in Michigan.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cybersecurity plans and vulnerabilities would be exempt from open-records requests under legislation approved by Michigan lawmakers Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An advocacy group is suing the Justice Department for not turning over records sought under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The group says the records could shed light on the Trump administration's dealings with private prison companies in forming new policies on incarceration.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A controversial bill that sought to exempt administrative records of the judiciary from Virginia's public records law has been withdrawn by its sponsor.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, moved to strike his bill from the Senate floor Wednesday.
The bill said the Supreme Court's Office of the Executive Secretary would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is forcing state lawmakers to use the public-records law to get emails regarding a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith will appeal a ruling that three city directors violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by discussing city business through email.
The city's Board of Directors voted Tuesday to confirm the filing of a notice of appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court. City attorney Jerry Canfield filed the notice Jan. 30 to avoid missing the 30-day deadline to appeal the decision by Sebastian County Circuit Judge J. Michael Fitzhugh, according to a memo to directors.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina broadcasters have honored an attorney who's led freedom of information efforts for decades, a longtime television station general manager and an award-winning television meteorologist.
The South Carolina Broadcasters Association honored recipients at their annual winter meeting in Columbia Thursday night.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Open government and environmental advocates are once again battling bills they say that would limit public-information access by creating a Freedom of Information Act exclusion for trade secrets.
HB 904 by Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, would create general exclusions from FOIA for trade secrets submitted to a public body. It passed its initial hearing in a House General Laws subcommittee Tuesday.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith will appeal a judge's ruling that city officials violated the Freedom of Information Act by conducting public meeting business through email.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Fort Smith officials violated the Freedom of Information Act in email exchanges from last year.
The Times Record reports that the Sebastian County Circuit judge denied on Thursday the city's motion for summary judgment in a civil lawsuit that claims the city violated FOIA. Court documents show the judge granted summary judgment to Bruce Wade.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general says the terms of the buyout of fired Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema's contract is subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act and can be released.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has kept alive a lawsuit challenging South Carolina Republicans' argument that they don't have to give reporters records involving a political consultant who is charged in a Statehouse corruption investigation.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge is refusing to dismiss a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit connected to corruption charges against a former state senator, a private college president and a consultant.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state police internal affairs investigation has cleared three troopers of wrongdoing in connection with allegations they retaliated against a protester at a sobriety checkpoint by filing bogus criminal charges, a state police union lawyer disclosed Tuesday.